There's a lot more than romantic love in the air this year pre- and post-Valentine's day.
We're talking about parental love -- the unconditional type that Taiwan singer-songwriter David Tao and Hong Kong actor Kevin Cheng will now be all too familiar with.
Both are now first-time fathers to sons -- Tao's was born on Feb 13, and Cheng's reportedly on Feb 15.
Welcome to the World Baby Rafael! Daddy & Mommy have been longing for this special moment! Thank you to all the wonderful staff at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Stubbs Road for making his arrival the most comfortable and stress-free! More importantly, thank you for respecting our privacy so much! We're really grateful for the personalised care and professional counsel from all the doctors, nurses & guest relations You guys were all so sweet & caring! We feel so BLESSED! To all our family and friends, all your well wishes have been heard & received! We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts! ❤️ ! Finally, just want to let everyone know that Mommy is healthy! Baby R is behaving~ And Daddy is taking good care of all of us! What more can we ask for? Praise the Lord! P.s. Rafael we love you so so so so so so mucn!
Grace Chan and Kevin Cheng have revealed their son's name and face through Grace's personal Instagram page.
"Welcome to the World Baby Rafael!" the caption said.
"Thank you to all the wonderful staff at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Stubbs Road for making his arrival the most comfortable and stress-free! More importantly, thank you for respecting our privacy so much!"
In the picture, an adorable churub is held in the arms of a man (probably Cheng), and a framed picture of the couple can be spotted in the background.
"Just want to let everyone know that Mommy is healthy! Baby R is behaving~ And Daddy is taking good care of all of us! What more can we ask for?" the caption continued.
Hubby Kevin also uploaded the same photo, along with a caption that said: "Every parent will say their BB (baby) is the best... I finally understand!"
On the day of the delivery, Cheng was spotted by local media leaving Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, and when reporters reached out to him for confirmation, he thanked them for their concern and promised to give announcements "when there is news".
However, according to online reports, friends and family of the couple have already had a head's up about the baby's impending arrival, and fellow TVB colleagues Kenneth Ma and Stephen Wong have also congratulated them.
Grace reportedly had a caesarean delivery, and on the baby's supposed arrival date, she uploaded a black and white video on Instagram, calling pregnancy "one of the most unique experiences" of her life.
"I’m going to admit it hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies, but that’s the beauty of this journey. With that said, I am so grateful to everyone who has been a part in supporting and loving me during this time, thank you," she added in her caption.
On Feb 15, 49-year-old Tao posted an ode to his wife and baby through Instagram, along with a picture of 'Bonbon' (his son's nickname) cradled in his arms.
⠀ 要如何形容他生出來的那一個刻的感受呢？是不是類似開自己第一部買的車呢？是踏進第一次買的小窩呢？還是第一次談戀愛？我只能說迎接一個新的生命的感受比那些都更深沉和複雜。雖然都是第一次，但是這個是自己的血脈，也是一個寶貴但脆弱的生命。我最近有種遺憾，為什麼這個“第一次”要等到我快半百呢？ 但我也相信，這一切都是上帝的安排。 ⠀ 今夜他真的到來。我知道Penny是迫不及待的，親愛的小Bonbon更是想快點跟大家說，我來了！今天看著Penny卸下了幾個月的辛苦，終於可以輕鬆的好好睡一覺。然後在另一張小床，Bonbon今晚也可以在媽媽的肚子外面，度過他的第一個夜晚。 ⠀ 可能是激動的感受還沒沉靜下來，現在一切還不是很真實，看著他那種很強烈的connection還來不及反應，而我相信，在接下來的日子，我們跟兒子的感情會慢慢更加深。我們也會發現在他身上有很多自己的影子。 ⠀ ⠀ Goodnight my wife, goodnight my baby boy. Love you both dearly. ⠀ 也再次把這份喜悅分享給所有祝福和關愛著我們的親朋好友，愛你們❤️！ ⠀ David 寫於凌晨
"How do I describe the feeling of the moment he was born?" the accompanying caption said in Mandarin.
"Is it similar to buying your first car? Stepping into your new home for the first time? Or the first time you fall in love? I can only say that welcoming a new life is a feeling that is deeper and more complicated than all of those experiences."
"I've recently been feeling regretful -- why do I have to be half a century old before being able to experience this 'first'? But I believe this is all part of God's plan," he continued.
In the caption, Tao also thanked his wife Penny Chiang for her sacrifice and shared that she can now finally get a good night's rest.
The two were married in 2014, and Tao once said that he hopes to have three kids so that they can look after Chiang, who is 16 years his junior, in the future.
According to online reports, the baby is believed to weigh about three kilograms and is in the pink of health.
A version of this article was posted on AsiaOne.